Lead Research Engineer

Remote - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Full Time Mid-level / Intermediate
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Speech Graphics’ technology automates facial animation processes by interpreting emotional content in the voice, to drive detailed models of the muscle systems involved in speech.

The software is used to great effect in the video games industry, saving studios significant time, effort and money in realizing the highest quality output for premium titles such as ‘Halo Infinite’, ‘The Last of Us Part II’ and ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’.

Now, the product suite is expanding to serve a number of enterprise applications in the metaverse using avatars and digital characters, from sales to service to healthcare, under the banner of ‘Rapport’.

Demand for our products and services is growing rapidly, and so must our team.


We are looking for a Lead Research Engineer to join our Machine Learning team. You will be expected to research novel solutions to improve and develop Speech Graphics technology as well as implement and maintain those solutions for production. You will also participate in research projects management and planning, as well as mentoring junior members of the team. You will be an integral part of the core technology group, collaborating with data engineers and linguists; software engineers; technical artists; producers and more. Speech Graphics' software converts audio into synchronized facial animation for a wide range of applications from video games to cloud AI systems. Your work will directly enhance the quality and features of our technology, and impact products currently used by millions of people. The position reports to the Director of Machine Learning.

The key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead research on novel solutions to improve and develop Speech Graphics technology.
  • Design, train and thoroughly evaluate neural network models.
  • Implement, deploy and maintain solutions in production.
  • Assist the director in project planning and management.
  • Present projects and scientific findings to the broader team and CTO in weekly meetings.
  • Develop and improve the internal ML pipeline and promote best practices.


Desired Qualifications/Requirements

Please note these are desirable skills and are not required to apply for the role.

  • Experience in project management and technical leadership.
  • Experience with a deep learning toolbox, especially PyTorch.
  • Experience with version control using Git.
  • Experience with C++ and Python.
  • Previous professional employment in the field.

Essential skills/Qualifications:

  • PhD in a relevant field, or MSc with at least 5 years of experience working in ML.
  • Experience with machine learning and deep neural networks.
  • Familiarity with speech technologies and applications.
  • Excellent programming skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team and independently.
  • Research mindset.



  • Optional Private Health Insurance
  • Access to online wellness platform
  • Working from home support
  • Flexible working hours/location
  • Advancement & career development opportunities - with a 6 monthly review cycle

Discrimination/harassment will never be tolerated. There will be no discrimination based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination/harassment based on 'protected categories,' we also strive to prevent other, subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (e.g., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our team.

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Job country: United Kingdom
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